5 Instant Ways to Wake the F@&K Up
Your normal solutions to jump start your mind into action aren’t working? Then you need these 5 instant ways to wake up.
If you talk to most doctors, fitness trainers, or therapists about sleep, you’ll here a list of reasons why it’s so important. The problem is, your life doesn’t always agree with their urgent advice. Sometimes, you simply can’t get enough sleep.
Whether it’s an urgent deadline at work, a new baby in the house, or stress-induced insomnia, there are days, if not weeks or months, where you can’t get an ideal amount of sleep. If that’s your life right now, give these 5 “wake up” cures a shot.
#1: Headstands & Handstands
With a little bit of practice, almost anyone can do a headstand. For those who are more advanced, a handstand will provide some additional strength benefits. Regardless, just do one for 10 to 30 seconds at a time and you’ll be on your way to awakes-ville. According to Dr. Rhonda Cohen of Middlesex University, “This can stimulate the brain, glands and hormones. The extra blood to the brain means that concentration may improve, and production of hormones such as oestrogen, adrenaline, dopamine and melatonin may increase, improving mood, sex drive and energy.”
#2: Smelling Salts
This may seem kind of extreme to some people, but hey, you have a job to do! Have you ever seen a powerlifter, those crazy burly guys who max out barbell lifts in fits of rage, sniff something just prior to lifting a weight during competition? They’re sniffing smelling salts or ammonia to increase their blood pressure and triggering an inhalation response, which in turn fires their sympathetic nervous system. Good news! It’ll do the same for you. Just be careful the first few times you do it because you’ll look like a nut in your office space.
#3: Watch Something Funny
Do you need an excuse to watch youtube videos during your work hours? Good news then! Watching something funny is a sure way to naturally wake yourself up. What you may be working on is boring, and a good fail video never is. Take the 5 minutes and tune the world out while you watch some online idiocy. Your increased productivity will easily make up for the lost time; just don’t let anyone see you do it. Here at Silver Wolf Nutrition, our favorite method is watching Fail Army.
Needless to say, your body has quite a response to pain; some of the effects include increased blood pressure, increased pulse, increased breathing, and muscle tension. You don’t have to go too crazy with this, but if you want to wake up and cause your body to respond, don’t be a wuss. The easiest way to see your body to respond is to grab a piece of skin on one arm and pinch it with a slowly increasing pressure. If you do it slowly enough, you’ll literally feel your body respond. Try it out and gauge how awake you feel before and after.
While it may seem obvious that our biological clocks are wired to sunlight and our natural sleep cycles, many people don’t realize that it can have the same effect during the day. This is especially true when you’re spending most of your waking hours cramped into a dimly lit cubicle! Get outside for 5 to 10 minutes; it will supply your body with much needed vitamin d and engage your primal instinct to be awake when it’s light out.
BONUS: The Right Black Coffee
If all else fails, the next best thing to an instant wake up is the slow onset of caffeine-induced alertness. Even so, not all coffees are not equal. Use this helpful chart to select the right brand/size for your needs. Before you go too crazy, make sure you know the pros and cons of caffeine consumption of course:
|COFFEE||SERVING SIZE||CAFFIENE (mg)|
|Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot||large, 20 fl. oz.||436|
|Starbucks Coffee||venti, 20 fl. oz.||415|
|Starbucks Coffee||grande, 16 fl. oz.||330|
|Panera Frozen Mocha||16.5 fl. oz.||267|
|Starbucks Coffee||tall, 12 fl. oz.||260|
|Starbucks Caffè Americano||grande, 16 fl. oz.||225|
|Panera Coffee||regular, 16.8 fl. oz.||189|
|Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino||venti, 24 fl. oz.||185|
|Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee||medium, 14 fl. oz.||178|
|Starbucks Caffè Mocha||grande, 16 fl. oz.||175|
|Starbucks Iced Coffee||grande, 16 fl. oz.||165|
|Dunkin’ Donuts Cappuccino||large, 20 fl. oz.||151|
|Starbucks Espresso||doppio, 2 fl. oz.||150|
|Starbucks—Caffè Latte, Cappuccino, or Caramel Macchiato||grande, 16 fl. oz.||150|
|Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee||2 tsp., makes 12 fl. oz.||148|
|Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee, can||15 fl. oz.||146|
|Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino||venti, 24 fl. oz.||140|
|Starbucks VIA House Blend Instant Coffee||1 packet, makes 8 fl. oz.||135|
|McDonald’s Coffee||large, 16 fl. oz.||133|
|Maxwell House Ground Coffee—100% Colombian, Dark Roast, Master Blend, or Original Roast||2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz.||130|
|Keurig Coffee K-Cup, all varieties||1 cup, makes 8 fl. oz.||115|
|Maxwell House International Café, all flavors||2⅔ Tbs., makes 12-16 fl. oz.||105|
|Seattle’s Best Coffee—Iced Latte or Iced Mocha, can||9.5 fl. oz.||90|
|Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee, bottle||9.5 fl. oz.||90|
|Maxwell House Lite Ground Coffee||2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz.||60|
Caffeine content information provided by The Center for Science in the Public Interest
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